ACF Culinary Team USA 2016
Joseph Leonardi, CEC
ACF Culinary Team USA Manager
Leonardi’s extensive experience with ACF Culinary Team USA will greatly benefit the 2016 team as they prepare for international competitions. Most recently, he was captain of the 2012 national team, and a member on the 2008 regional team. Leonardi is executive chef at Somerset Club, Boston, and joined the club’s staff after eight years on the faculty of Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I. He is a member of ACF Rhode Island Chapter, and was the 2009 U.S.A.’s Chef of the Year.
Steven Jilleba, CMC, CCE, AAC
ACF Culinary Team USA Business Manager
Jilleba is director of culinary capability and strategy/senior corporate executive chef, Unilever Food Solutions, Lisle, Illinois, and graduated from The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. He is one of only 68 ACF-certified Master Chefs in the nation and has received numerous medals in national and international competitions. Jilleba previously served as team manager for ACF Culinary Team USA and ACF Culinary Youth Team USA. He is a member of ACF Chicago Chefs of Cuisine Inc.
Mark Spelman, CEC, AAC
ACF Culinary Youth Team USA Coach
Chef Mark Spelman is now the Corporate Chef for Helen of Troy World Headquarters in El Paso Texas. One of the largest hair care product companies in the World. Chef Spelman is also the owner of Spelman Food and Beverage Designs and Consultants. He is a Certified Executive Chef and a member of the American Culinary Federation. He, most recently was inducted into the Academy of the Golden Toques. He also won the ACF Central Regions Chef of the Year award in 2011. He is a fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Chefs. He is the national student competition chair for the competition committee ACF, National Ice Carvers Association, Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France, The American Restaurant Association, Recognized by the International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau as one of the Best Chef’s in America also earned The Outstanding Achievement Award from Custom Foods 2001.
Stafford DeCambra, CEC, CCE, CCA, AAC
ACF Culinary Youth Team USA Manager
DeCambra is chair of the American Academy of Chefs, ACF’s honor society for chefs, and lives in Atmore, Alabama. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, and worked in several foodservice venues in his home state of Hawaii, and later oversaw culinary operations for three properties in Alabama. DeCambra has received more than 60 national and international competition medals during his career.
Daniel Hugelier, CMC
Owner, WildSeason, Livonia, Mich.
Team coach, ACF Culinary Team USA, 1990–2000
Team member, ACF Culinary Team USA, 1980–1988
Timothy Prefontaine, CEC
Executive chef, The Fort Worth Club, Fort Worth, Texas
Team member, ACF Culinary Regional Team USA 2008
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